Queen Elizabeth’s Epsom Hats: Part 2 1965-1979

Yesterday we looked at Queen Elizabeth’s hats at the Epsom Races from the late 1940s until 1964; today, we continue this sweeping retrospective with her toppers (and many turbans!) through the end of the 1970s. Special thanks to Jimbo for his assistance finding most of these photos.

Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 1965 to 1979:


June 2 and 4, 1965


May 25 and 27, 1966


June 1 and 3, 1967


May 31 and June 1, 1968; 1969


June 1 and 3, 1970; 1971


1972 and 1973


June and July 1974


1977, 1978 and 1979 in Frederick Fox

The turbans of the early 1960s in yesterday’s post continue here throughout that decade. What’s fascinating for me is the introduction of brims in the early 1970s, with a return to the voluminous turbans for a few more years. The first hat in 1971 was entirely new for me with it’s teal overlapping mini-visor around the front, a unique touch on a turban. What do you notice about the Queen’s hats during this period?

Stay tuned tomorrow for what’s sure to be some memorable millinery during the 1980s and 1990s.

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This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of York in a pompom bedecked natural straw hat for today’s daily children’s story, The Wonky Donkey.


Milliner’s Guild USA is hosting a fun Royal Ascot challenge, inviting anyone to recreate one of their favourite Ascot royal fashion looks and share on Instagram. Details are on the example below- if any of you participate, please share with us here, too! You can follow all entries on Milliner’s Guild Instagram here.
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Ready for some fun? As a way to celebrate this year’s Royal Ascot races (which will take place without spectators this year), the @milliners_guild is hosting a Royal photo challenge! Read on for details, then post your pics! #Repost @milliners_guild with @get_repost ・・・ The Milliners Guild is excited to announce the start of our Dressing Royal for Ascot Challenge!👑🏇 This is a chance for everyone to get into the #royalascot spirit and create a royally inspired ensemble in celebration of one of millinery's biggest events. ⬇️ ____________________ 1. Choose a photo of a member of the British Royal Family in which he/she is dressed in formal attire including a hat. 2.It could be a photo from Ascot, a Royal Wedding, a Christening, etc. Extended family such as Zara Phillips and Lady Kitty Spencer count, as do Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 3. Recreate that look as best you can. Be creative with items in your wardrobe and around your home. Bonus points if you have a Corgi.🐶 4.Take a photo. Post the original royal inspiration picture alongside your interpretation picture on your Instagram account, tag us @milliners_guild, and include these hashtags for extra visibility: #millinersguildchallenge #dressingroyal #replikate 5. The challenge will run from now until the end of Royal Ascot in June and we will share your looks on our page and in our stories. This is not a competition. Full challenge details are listed on our website, follow the link in our bio. We can't wait to see what you come up with!!! Pictured is HRH Princess Beatrice of York and the royally inspired look from @millistarr ___________________________ #royalascot #ascot #katemiddleton #duchessofsussex #duchessofcambridge #meghanmarkle #royalwedding #houseofwindsor #royalstyle #princessdiana #hatlover #millinery #hats #instachallenge

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Continuing this week’s hat’s with sparkle, this deep purple silk velvet pillbox hat studded with  iridescent cabouchon stones from British milliner Dillon Wallwork.
Headpiece of vibrant rainbow-hued interlocking crin rings by American milliner Amy Fowler
Royal blue straw crown boater with leopard print brim by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir
Statement saucer in layered sapphire and coral straw by British brand Lillibets Millinery
Wearable slate blue straw braid capulet with woven hatband by German brand Hutmanufaktur
Warm brown straw Dior brim with deep pink silk abaca swoosh by Dutch millinerMyra van de Korput
Ombre pink straw & lace percher with sinamay leaves and leather flowers by Aussie brand Ebbella Millinery

Amazing heapiece of blue feathers weightlessly floating over a blue silk organza petal bandea, made by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
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Day 30 - Ice Queen, SS2017 #ahataday4may #millineryinfo

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Winter white felt cloche with freestyle side pleat by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Beautiful movement on this navy straw pleated brim design by London-based brand John Boyd Milliner
Adorable floral headpiece made entirely of recycled denim by British brand Angharad Rose Millinery
Prettiest vintage Japanese quilted silk saucer with cherry blossoms by Australian milliner Victoria Henderson

And finally, this fantastic purple faded sinamay wide brimmed hat with sweeping, wonderfully smooth lines by Dutch
milliner Myra van de Korput

Greetings from Princess Theodora this week on the day that her wedding was scheduled (Princess Beatrice’s wedding, as many recall, was also scheduled this week.
We started this post with a story- why not close with one as well? Here is a lovely excerpt of the Duchess of Cornwall reading from Roald Dahl’s  James and the Giant Peach.

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Most Sparkle?

During these trying times, many of us are looking for a twinkle of hope. After oggling Princess Margaret’s blingy turban yesterday,this week’s discussion just had to be, dearest readers – which royal hat has the most sparkle? 

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This Week’s Extras

Top hats for King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon last Sunday for Norway’s national holiday
A LOT of millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Waved screen print fabric covered hat with flexible, changeable brim by Italian milliner Sabrina Baldacchini
Show-stopping red layered crin pyramid shaped hat by Australian milliner Lauren J Ritchie
Fuchsia straw button percher with lush vine of silk morning glories by Brtish milliner William Chambers
Navy felt trilby with blue-hued feather covered brim by Dutch milliner Berry Rutjes
Dusky pink leather button percher with beautiful layered lace trim by Australian milliner Kylie Heagney
Ecru straw wide brimmed slice hat with black embroidery by London-based milliner Filipa Cardoso
Pink, yellow and blue handpainted percher hat with straw twists and feathers by US brand Lifted Millinery

For our dear gents, this beautifully textured Panama hat with crisp and classic navy and cream
double hatband by British brand John Boyd Millinery
Cream straw picture hat with green statement bow and fantastic hand pieced straw brim, inspired
by jockey silks, by American brand Amy Jo Original Hats
The most charming pink and green sinamay handmade tulip bandeau headpiece from UK milliner Bridget Bailey
Grey felt fedora with ribbon work lily-of-the valley trim and beaded hatband by British milliner Jane Corbett
Padded oversize pillbox covered in a fantastically bold, retro floral print by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Warm gold angular straw short-brimmed hat with neon pink silk organza rose by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Large waved percher covered entirely in magenta feathers by Irish milliner Aoife Harrison

And from Scottish milliner Stephanie, this elegantly restrained grey wide brimmed boater with guipure lace hatband

For World Bee Day on Wednesday, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar visited the beehives gifted to Victoria and Daniel for their wedding
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🐝🍯 I dag är det världsbidagen och runtom i världen uppmärksammas biets betydelse för planeten. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Inför #worldbeeday tog Kronprinsessan med sig Prinsessan Estelle och Prins Oscar till bikuporna på Haga. Där fick de lära sig mer om bin och varför de är viktiga för vår biologiska mångfald. Människan är beroende av pollinerare, såsom bin och humlor, för att i slutändan kunna få mat på bordet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bikuporna på Haga var en mycket uppskattad lysningsgåva till Kronprinsessparet från Sveriges biodlares riksförbund, @biodlarna, för 10 år sedan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Läs mer om bikuporna på kungahuset.se ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Jonas Ekströmer/TT (bild 1) och Pelle T Nilsson/SPA (bild 2 och 3)

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Princess Alexandra shared a heartfelt message with Alzheimer Society, as did the Earl and Countess of Wessex for Local Resilience Forums in Wessex


We end this week with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge trying out new roles.

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This Week’s Extras

Disappointing news that after 28 years, Danish milliner Susanne Juul closed up shop at the end of March. She is responsible for many of Crown Princess Mary’s beautiful hats and I’m so disappointed we won’t see more of her work
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Striking, sleek and beautifully executed white pinok pok straw saucer hat by Scottish milliner Maggie Mowbray
Sunny yellow straw bandeau trimmed with fantastically realistic silk dandelions by British milliner Angharad Rose
Charming summer hat of ecru and grey vintage woven straw with grey hatband by Australian brand Belle Folie
Ink blue silk dyed Ikat button hat with white crin brim by German brand MATAdesign.
Vibrant green felt top hat with cut feather leaves studded in a black veil by Australian milliner Jill Humphries

From British milliner Sarah Cant, this white wide-straw bandeau with exquisite flying bow in colours fading from apricot to watermelon pink to deep merlot. So pretty.
Unconventional flower headpiece in purple and lime cross hatch crin petals by Australian milliner Sandy Aslett
Classic straw fedora in the loveliest blue with turquoise wrapped hatband by Norwegian milliner Gerd Holth
Black straw percher covered in wonderful leather flowers with beaded centers by Australian milliner Kylie Heagney
Classic shaped hat made spectacular with ombre dyed straw by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
White straw boater with darling blue pearl centered flowers and hatband by Australian brand Hats by Helen

Charming blue straw design by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova with crin extended brim, ruched hatband and lovely brim scallop around the back
Cheeky watermelon pink handpainted parasisal straw bandeau with crystal seeds by British milliner Julian Ganer
Orchid purple felt pillbox with sculptural black trim by Australian milliner Bec Bayss
Quirky pink disk with dotted binding, crin loop and floral trim by French milliner Sylvia Martinez
Black lace boater with transparent brim and rounded crown by Australian brand Sonlia Fashion
Ecru felt pillbox with very royal white scalloped trim by Russian milliner Natalia Edis

Such a delicate hand by Turkish-born London based milliner Merve Bayindir on this feather covered saucer. Love the pale ombre rainbow!
Red textured straw cloche with divided crown by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Purple, fuchsia and turquoise folded straw bow headpiece by American milliner Laura Hubka-Timmel
Navy berger with straw brim, silk bias stripe crown and purple flowers by Australian milliner Wendy White
Black straw percher with tall monochrome spray of leaves, silk blooms and veil by UK-based milliner Giulia Mio
Showstopper large ecru straw disc with silk flowers and circling vine by British milliner Edwina Ibbotson

From Australian brand Peacock Millinery, this multicoloured saucer with black feather trim makes me smile

The Dutch royal family sending out love during the Eurovision song contest and Crown Princess Mette-Marit using one of her hobbies to share a message of hope


Lovely photos and video of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie with brand new Prince Charles



We leave this week with this lovely collaborative thanks from members of the British royal family.

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Largest Flower?

As those of us in the Northern hemisphere enjoy watching our gardens come to life, our discussion this week follows a floral thread: Which royal hat hosts the largest flower? Jump over to this discussion on Queen Elizabeth’s largest hat flowers for inspiration.

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Guest Post: Queen Margrethe’s Hats To Bring Back

Longtime reader and regular commenter Jake, who lives in Washington DC and can be found on Instgram or Twitter @bestdressedmenno, entertained us last summer with a 4-part series on royal men’s hats. In 2018, he suggested hats from the wardrobes of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Maxima he’d like to see repeated, a series he continues today with a Danish twist. Welcome back, Jake! 

Unfortunately the COVID-19 crisis has forced the cancellation of many events, including the 80th birthday celebrations of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark two weeks ago. In response to the cancellations, Margrethe also asked that no birthday flowers be sent to her, but instead sent to those facing a tough time in isolation, especially senior citizens. In a roundabout way of respecting this request, I’m sending you all “flowers” in the way of hats I would like to see Queen Margrethe repeat!

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Many of you know I’ve been critical of Margrethe’s love of matching hats and outfits, perhaps unfairly so because of my personal bias against this idea (although I praise her fearless approach to pattern and color). I will admit such matching makes putting together a whole ensemble easier and this was a trend for much of the 20th Century, but with Margrethe’s tendency to repeat outfits and hats so quickly, it sometimes feels a bit too much (don’t hate me, I enjoy variety!).

All of that said, as I delved deeper into the hat archives of Margrethe, I was reminded of some hats I’ve loved and discovered some new (to me) ones. Most of these were repeated (usually more than what I show here), so we can’t lament that, but many haven’t seen the light of day in years, and it’s beyond time they appeared again! So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my top 10 choices of hats Margrethe should bring back.

Hat #1: I was previously unaware of this lovely lavender wide brim in sinamay, worn for Margrethe’s 60th birthday celebrations on 16 April 2000, and repeated that June on a visit to Hanover, Germany (second photo); granted, this was worn when I was only 12 in rural Ohio and much before I was aware of the wonderful world of royal hats.

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Hat #2: Despite some clear matchy action going on, this may be my favorite hat on this list. The dark periwinkle color combined with the stripes, the slightly jaunty brim, and that fantastic feather spray all make for an amazing hat! While the stripes on the hat clearly come from Margrethe’s well-tailored suit, the fact they are used as accents on the hatband and brim binding (instead of the whole hatband) and are at a different angle from the suit make a world of difference to me. Repeated multiple times, including Prince Christian’s christening on 21 January 2006 and twice in Norway, it deserves at least one more appearance.

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Hat #3: A hat that looks to have been only repeated once was this ivory sisal wide brim from a visit to Washington, DC on 8 June 2011 (which I could’ve possibly seen had my brother’s wedding in Ohio not been the same week, argh). A perfect summer hat, I love the red and white and know it was a good outfit choice for what was certainly a warm and humid day in DC. Interestingly enough, it was repeated at the 100th annual Rebild Festival on 4 July 2012 in celebration of the US Independence Day.

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Hat #4: Another gem I was previously unaware of was this felt beauty in coral and pink worn at the christening of Prince Felix on 4 October 2002. I love a vivid color scheme, and everything about this suits Margrethe perfectly. It was later seen in May 2005, but I’m unaware of its appearance since.

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Hat #5: Here’s another example where the matchiness is toned down by a strategic and restrained use of the outfit’s fabric. Worn during Lithuania’s millennium celebrations on 6 July 2009, it was repeated on a visit to Dresden, Germany on 23 August 2009; interestingly, the upturned part of the brim appears to have been pulled down a bit in Dresden. I would love to see this on her annual summer cruise; this outfit was later paired with a wide brim picture hat in navy sinamay straw (which I believe is this hat retrimmed).

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Hat #6: Looking at the hats Margrethe has worn, she favors blues, reds, and purples. To help break this up, of course this hat had to make the list! This green sinamay beauty may be over 20 years old and was last seen in 2007, but it has aged much better than many hats made around the same time. And after all the craziness we’ve already had in 2020, we deserve something as festive and happy as this hat, don’t we?

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Hat #7: One hat I had forgotten about and then rediscovered was this very wide brim portrait hat from Princess Estelle of Sweden’s christening on 22 May 2012. Margrethe has worn a couple other hats with this lattice straw design, but none as large or perhaps fabulous.  

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Hat #8: I really love the wine color of this hat, the simple shape flatters Margrethe, and the netting trim keeps it interesting. Unfortunately it was difficult to find good photos of this hat, despite being worn at the opening of Parliament in 2007 (also worn in 2000 and perhaps other times). Not the most exciting hat, but one that can be easily worn to many different events. It certainly deserves a good photo.

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Hat #9: While Margrethe has worn a lot of blue hats, this one stood out for its beautiful cobalt color, especially with it being a brimmed hat (most of her brighter blue hats have been variants of pillboxes or cocktails). The small roses and loops trim give it an elegant touch without being overwhelming, allowing this hat to perform as a working hat or be appropriate for a dressier event. While worn multiple times since it premiered in 2013, this hat was unfortunately last seen in October 2015 during a visit to Indonesia.

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Hat #10: Finally, you know I couldn’t forget this one! A favorite of mine for Margrethe, I didn’t realize this actually debuted on a visit to Thailand on 7 February 2001. Perfect for Ascot in 2002, it’s most famous outing (and my first introduction to it way back when I was in high school) was the wedding of Felipe and Letizia in Madrid, Spain in 2004. Despite its age, it feels quite timeless to me. This is another hat that I think would be delightful to bring back to help cheer us up in 2020.

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Being less familiar with Queen Margrethe’s hats before exploring this topic, I have since come to appreciate a lot of gems from her hat past!  Unfortunately, we won’t know what hats we missed for her 80th birthday; perhaps Margrethe should celebrate her half birthday to make up for it? What do you think? Which hats would you like to see Queen Margrethe bring out of her closet?

What do you think, dear readers- which of Queen Margrethe’s would you like to see again? Thanks, Jake, for bringing these ten hats back for us to admire again!

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